NorCal, I’ve missed you! I’ll be at Vaughn Body Arts in Monterey, CA next week (September 1st-7th). Come say hi!
The following isn’t an attack on any of the people you mentioned specifically…
Here’s the deal. Sutures, anesthetics, that kind of stuff… it’s surgery. As far as I know, no body modification artists are licensed surgeons. That doesn’t mean these “heavy” practitioners can’t be safe, or knowledgeable, but it means laws are being broken when they execute procedures on people. That’s all fine and dandy, really, if both parties are aware of the risks - largely that the practitioner doesn’t have the ability to really and truly “fix” things that might go wrong (prescribing medication, malpractice insurance that would cover hospital visits, etc.).
I really don’t think many people who offer these procedures are telling this to their clients - sure, some do, but a lot don’t. This promotes the mindset we see of “OMG, so and so is in town, I’m going to get my _______ split / removed / altered / reversed”, and not “OMG, I’m spending tons of money to have someone who most likely didn’t complete college do surgery on me, and if something goes wrong, I’m on my own!” I know people with irreparable damage to their bodies from people who didn’t know how to say “I shouldn’t do this.” Clients of these practitioners think what they’re doing is a step cooler than tattoos and piercings, and feel pressured from their peers and role models to be more “extreme”. Cool points don’t cover hospital bills though.
I think the piercing industry has a habit of elevating the people who offer these procedures to a really high status, and I think that encourages people to view being a professional piercer as a stepping stone to being an underground surgeon. For every person out there I personally might trust to do these procedures on myself, there’s dozens of others solely out to make money and seek fame who are hurting people. It scares me that if I wanted, I could buy all the medical supplies I’d need to do an implant online far easier than I could buy the supplies to do a piercing with industry standard jewelry. It saddens me that people contact me all the time asking me to point their ears / do their implants / whatever when I have never even alluded to offering those procedures. I could easily just start doing this stuff, with no idea what I’m doing, and people are already lined up to give me money for it.
The most scary thing is that A LOT of the people offering this work shove it in the public’s face via social media, and because these people are “body piercers” in the eyes of government officials, when they decide to attack this stuff, they’re coming after ALL body piercers, not just the people offering this level of work.
I love jewelry that really grabs attention. This yellow gold Faraway seam ring from BVLA really does that for this young lady. (at enigma. professional piercing studio)
These three fresh scapha piercings featuring this unique gem cluster from ANATOMETAL really make Kaila stand out in a crowd.
Fresh rose gold triple stone cluster from ANATOMETAL. I really love how these accentuate the flow of the ear. (at enigma. professional piercing studio)
Brand NEW design dripping today. The second version of my ‘Gentle Swastika’ ear weight. Introducing ‘The Next Gentle Swastika’! Cast in lead free bronze, and 45 grams a piece.
These are available for purchase but are not yet on the website. Inquire for pricing at firstname.lastname@example.org #julianganesha #julianganeshadotcom #julianganeshadesigns #earweights #eargasm #gentleswastika #nextgentleswastika #ganeshaporn #jewelry #bronze #eargasm #auspicious #legitbodyjewelry #love #ganeshabodypiercing #tillthewheelsfalloff
I’m so stoked to have a pair of these on the way! Julian makes great designs and I’m so lucky to call him a friend!
They get a job working counter at Enigma.
Any time you heal a piercing, you form a tunnel of skin (called a fistula). When you stop wearing jewelry, the fistula is still present, and depending on size, will probably be visible. In my experience, the one thing people don’t really realize is that they scrutinize themselves in a mirror from a few inches away, but rarely are that close to another human. (And if you are inches away from someone else’s skin, judging them for a retired piercing is probably the last thing on your mind).
So, the fistula will relax over time - this is why a lot of times a well healed piercing can be recovered simply by passing a jewelry insertion taper though it. I can’t guarantee something will or won’t be visible, but even if it minimally is, it’s probably not going to be noticeable to the outside world.
I have one arm that’s solid black, one that’s not. I feel like the black arm feels “hot” quicker in direct sunlight, but I haven’t really noticed a /huge/ difference in between the two. I have some heavy black tattoos on my face and scalp, but I don’t feel like those heat up quicker than the rest of my skin either.
Also, technically, black reflects heat, so it’s said that it’s the best color to wear in the sun, but I’m not going to attempt to explain the reasoning on that because I had physics first period, second semester my senior year of high school, and then I went on to get a liberal arts degree. ;)